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Blue Shoes And Happiness

No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

By Alexander McCall Smith

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Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 11 February 2006
Now that she is finally and happily married to her long-term suitor Mr J.L.B. Matekoni, Mma Ramotswe of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency of Botswana might have expected life to grow more sedate. But the many problems that lead customers to Mma Ramotswe's door seem, if anything, to have multiplied, and no sooner has she settled her traditionally built person into the married state than she finds herself looking into several troublesome matters at once. There is, to begin with, a disturbing case of blackmail and theft from the Government catering college. Then, while on an errand for her husband to the Mokolodi Game Reserve Mma Ramotswe is seconded to investigate an unpleasant atmosphere that may be down to witchcraft, or something worse. There are sinister goings-on at a health clinic to be looked into, not to mention any number of small wrongs to be righted along the path to detective triumph. And all the time Mma Ramotswe has weighty questions of a philosophical nature to consider, such as whether it is right to find happiness in small things, such as a new pair of blue shoes, a slice of cake, or a red sunset over the Kalahari.

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* No. 7 in the marvellous Mma Ramotswe series

About the Author

Following a distinguished career as a Professor of Medical Law, Alexander McCall Smith has turned to writing full-time. He is the author of over sixty books on a wide array of subjects, and his books have been translated into thirty-seven languages. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife.


'A rare pleasure' DAILY TELEGRAPH 'Forget the library - the body is in the mud hut. An African Miss Marple created by a Scottish lawyer ... Superb' SUNDAY TIMES 'There is something almost divinely appealing about the way McCall Smith writes about daily life in is hard to think of a contemporary writer more genuinely engaging ... I find it impossible to think about [his novels] without smiling' MAIL ON SUNDAY

EAN: 9780349117720
ISBN: 0349117721
Publisher: Abacus
Dimensions: 19.4 x 12.6 x 1.8 centimetres (0.17 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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julia on
A nice gentle read. The continuing adventures of the Number One Ladies Detective Agency where Mma Ramotswe is now married to Mr J.L.B. Matekoni. It doesn't matter if you have missed a few books in the series you can still pick things up. Mma Ramotswe is still a "traditionally" shaped woman following the advice in her private Detecive's handbook to solve local cases. She is still assisted by her prim, Miss 97% Mma Mkutsi from Secretarial college. The style of writing takes you right to the heart of hot, dusty Botswana and the genteel pace of life..evenif there are some crimes to solve!
Carol on
Further adventures from Botswana's No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Mma Ramotswe has finally married her fiance and expects life to settle down after all the excitement of the wedding, but of course this never happens! Witchcraft rears its ugly head again but Mma Ramotswe overcomes all problems in her firm and determined manner. If you liked the other books, you'll like this one as well.

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